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The Mishna recites how G-D’s presence is amid those who study Torah. However the MAHARAM AL-SHAKAR ZT’L ZY’A observes the cited proof texts show a relationship between the number of participants and the intensity of G-d’s presence.
The proof text brought to demonstrate that even a solitary Torah student merits the D-vine Presence visiting and bestowing blessing appears to be taken completely out of context. The Second half of Shemoth 20:21” . . . [I]n all places where I cause my name…Continue
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The Late Slonimer Rebbe ZT’L ZY’A in Netivoth Shalom wonders what distinguishes this Mishna from How Rebbe began this Chapter “ . . . which is the upright path one should clarify [for living one’s life]”? The Netivoth Shalom explains Rebbe was offering guidance to the populace at large. Whereas this Mishna is an exchange between Rabban Yochanan ben Zackai and his most elite students. Rabban Yochanan was asking what character trait did you cultivate as a means of obtaining your spiritual…Continue
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This Mishna at first glance seems to offer a simple lesson about the importance of being a role model and how one influences others. This Mishna is cited in Yoma 87a explaining that it would be inappropriate for one’s students to enter Gan Eden, paradise and their Teacher, the one who raised them to spiritual heights should wind up languishing in Geheinom. Psalms 16:10 “For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol; nor will you suffer your pious one to see the pit.” The Marasha ZT’L ZY’A notes…Continue
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Rabbi Akiva’s teaching is remarkable in how it is contrary to one would expect. Generally the Rabbi’s lesson is positive describing those things which are axiomatic to one’s status as a human being or as a Jew being the source of joy in one’s life. Rabbi Akiva was the scion of converts and did not begin to learn Torah until he was Forty. As an unlettered shepherd The future leader was so hostile to scholars that if he encountered one he would bite him. (see Pesachim 49b, Ketuvoth 62b-63a ).…Continue
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Yehudah Ben Taimah’s teaching is considered a fundamental articulation of Jewish values. Rabbi Ya’akov ZT’L ZY’A Author of the Tur begins his codification of Jewish law by quoting this Mishna.
A number of things just leap off the page when reading the Mishnah. Why use animals as…Continue
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The expectation that certain behaviors will generally produce certain results is an intuitive part of the human psyche. The notion of things happening randomly is generally treated as something unsettling. The conundrum of randomness is felt most acutely when one believes in G-D’s providential involvement with His creation. The expectation is that one’s behavior to the degree it conforms to G-D’s…Continue
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Avoth D’ Rabbi Natan (Chapter 22) discusses this Mishnah .The relationship between the intellect, character and behavior is fascinating as one can be quite clever but reckless or capable of comprehending and conceiving of the most sublime of concepts and solve the most elusive of problems while engaging in the most base of behaviors.…Continue
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Rabbi Eliezer’s teaching is curious. How is it read? Was the Rabbi making several statements or a single piece of interrelated instruction.
The trend of commentaries seem to view the Mishnah as a solid piece of advice. Rabbi Nachman of Breslev…Continue
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Avtalyon’s ZT’L ZY’A statement is fascinating as it is obvious. Certainly one teaching Torah should take care to transmit one’s lessons in a faithful manner. Failing to do so and leaving one’s lessons ambiguous allowing one’s students to draw conclusions contrary to moral and mores of Judaism would be a recipe for exile, for a distortion in the chain of transmission stretching from…Continue
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